Bail decision for accused arsonist Jay Bradley deferred

What remained of the Lennox Agricultural Memorial Community Centre in Napanee after the fire was mostly extinguished on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023. Photo by Michelle Dorey Forestell/Kingstonist.

Whether the man accused of burning down the Lennox Agricultural Memorial Community Centre (also known as the “York Street arena”) in Napanee will be granted bail will remain unknown for a few more days.

Jay Bradley appeared via video for a show-cause bail hearing in the Napanee Superior Court on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023, but he won’t know what decision will be made on his bail status until Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, as the Justice of the peace presiding over the matter reserved her decision while she looks over the evidence presented. 

Though the hearing lasted an hour and a half, publishable details are limited due to a publication ban under Section 517.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Bradley was arrested on November 3, 2023,  and stands accused of two counts of arson (with a disregard for human life), criminal harassment (with threatening conduct), and possession of incendiary material (materials designed to cause or exacerbate fire) for allegedly setting fire to both the old York Street arena in Napanee and a private residence.

One surety stood up on Bradley’s behalf.

Bradley smiled and appeared to chuckle as the prospective surety, who was being asked questions by the Justice of the Peace, indicated a problem hearing what was said. The justice then had court staff obtain an assistive hearing device for the person.

As Crown Attorney Tim Kavanagh laid out his case in brief, Bradley sat taking notes on a pad of paper.

Twenty people watched online while a handful of people in the courtroom were cautioned for attempting to talk to the prospective surety who was on the stand at the time. The justice warned them, saying this was time for the person on the stand to speak and that no disturbance of the process would be tolerated.

Some time later, Bradley himself interjected, asking if he could interrupt the proceedings. The justice said in an exasperated tone, “No. You are not to say anything, sir. I thought I made that clear.”

Bradley’s attorney, Brian Wilcock, is asking that Bradley be released to his surety’s home and be permitted to remain there on house arrest with an ankle monitor GPS device while he awaits trial.

This is an ongoing story. Kingstonist will continue to provide the latest information as it becomes available.

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